Swietenia macrophylla

A tonewood whose sound is considered warm, even and unobtrusive. It is light but stable.


Sound of a tenor ukulele with mahogany body


Mahogany is a lovely wood to work with. Old-timers maintain that the quality of mahogany isn't what it used to be, and I am forced to believe them. Supplies today vary widely in hardness and density. Some mahogany is stiffer and heavier than other samples. Some mahogany guitar sets seem almost fluffy and floppy by comparison. Most mahogany is plain, yet pleasing to look at. Sets demonstrating a ribbon figure are prettier, but tend to ripple across the grain during bending, though the rippling can almost always be sanded out without compromising the guitar. Straight-grained mahogany can be predictably bent into a tight cutaway without breaking. Tool marks and sanding scratches are easily removed. Mahogany is a dream wood.

John Calkin: The Heretic's Guide to Alternative Lutherie Woods

Heavy Koa, mahogany and walnut are all comparable in their tone. Everything else being equal, it is generally recognized that mahogany and koa will produce a „warmer“ sound in a guitar than the more brittle rosewoods can.

Ervin Somogvy